Matt Kibbe: It’s Time To Talk To Your Kids About Socialism

BaneMaler Sat, 01/02/2016 - 18:58
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If you are like most Americans, you missed the most recent Democratic presidential debate. That was the intent. Buried on a Saturday evening right before Christmas -- the slot where bad network programming goes to die – only 8.5 million folks tuned in. That’s about two thirds less than the number of people that watched the first Republican debate.

What are the Democrats hiding? On stage, there it was for all to see – a candid discussion of an epidemic that has swept through the North East, clouding the minds of our young people. New Hampshire has been particularly hard hit by an influx that was home-cooked in Burlington, Vermont.

No, I’m not talking about heroin. The bigger danger to America’s young people is their growing experimentation with Socialism. Senator Bernie Sanders -- who is handily beating Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire according to a new CBS poll – has rebranded his product as “Democratic” Socialism. His target market: our sons and daughters.
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So we need to have the talk. But the language we use is important, because it is quite possible that we are talking right past each other. Millennials care deeply about community, about justice, and about shared responsibilities. Sanders seems to get this, and has softened the sharp edges of his old socialist rhetoric. He claims that he’s not talking about the old, government-owns-the-means-of-production type of socialism espoused by Lenin.

For Americans under 30, “socialism” probably means something akin to “people working together towards a common purpose,” and “capitalism” suggests a gamed system where connected CEOs use political pull to advantage themselves and screw the rest of us.

Is anyone else tired of the crafty left stealing all of our best words? “Liberal” now means the opposite of freedom. “Community” now means a new government program. “Justice” means using force to steal from someone you don’t know to redistribute to someone else with more political pull.

But all of the gauzy qualifiers available in the English language do not change the stark reality: Socialism Kills. Socialism seeks to replace private property, the monetary economy, and allocation of scarce resources through prices with direct control by government. This does, by definition, require completely centralized government power, no dissent permitted. In practice, no experiment in socialism has ever gotten this far, and millions of innocents have died along the way; murdered by despots seeking to consolidate control, or simply starved to death by economic dysfunction. Socialism has always devolved into National Socialism and other forms of fascism, systems that replace direct government ownership of the means of production with simple, brutal government control.

Senator Rand Paul puts it this way:

“I think it’s very important for Americans not to succumb to the notion that there’s anything sexy or cool about socialism. Bernie’s a socialist and ultimately socialism relies on force or implied force. It wasn't an accident that Stalin killed millions of people or Mao Zedong killed millions of people because [if] you want to control the economy and you want to control ownership of things by the state, you have to forbid other people from owning parts of the economy or controlling parts of the economy."

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versus what?

Rather than posting the typical facebook tripe, please finish your thought on this. socialism versus what?

Should we talk to our kids about the neo-con way. Kill them ALL to maintain world dominance and obey the world bankers and oil kings and then try calling yourself a "christian" country? That's what I've done.

 

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Shonn33's picture
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"Controlling peoples health care is the cornerstone of communism"?

J. Stalin

 

 

"Justice is indivisible, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". MLK

Donald Trump's picture
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Kids owe more in student debt than they'll ever earn and there are no jobs for them; falling wages, all the new wealth goes to the top. These then corrupt politics with their SuperPACS. A heroin epidemic sweeps the country and now exceeds deaths of car accidents and guns. Free traffic of drugs from Afghanistan through Mexico into the country, while jobs exit south and east to enrich the billionaires by employing cheap/slave labor.

The bankers wash the drug money, wash ISIS cheap oil money, and run US media and politics.

And this shill wants to worry about Americans desiring some of the elements of social democracy like universal healthcare and student debt reduction that are standard everywhere in industrialized Asia and Europe.

This is what happens when billionaire funding decides which people get paid to write political articles. The real issues are swept under the rug while they strip mine the American middle class.

And Rand - right there with them! Focusing on the stuff Kochs want him on!

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this is the truth.

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Ryan_76's picture
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I always knew you should be running as a democrat. Espousing Universal Healthcare and subsidized college loans is not very conservative or libertarian. Taking liberty and private property from someone to give to others will not Make America Great Again. Only the free market will, but you don't understand that, because you are a crony capitalist. Go away, your trolling is getting old fast. You will not persuade anyone here to vote for an arrogant little dictator like you. 

AKA Sunshine_State at Popular Liberty

If you can't trust people with freedom, how can you trust people with power?

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Once I've thrown enough red meat to the base to sew up the primary, I'll cave Hillary's support with her base by showing she's a neoliberal establishment shill and get all the blue collar democrats and a lot of the black vote!
We're going to make America great again!

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All 'free' healthcare systems use some for of central planning to ration service.  If you wish for care that TPTB do not wish to give you, too bad.  There is no opportunity to pay for it, trade for it, or otherwise earn it.  On the other hand, there are virtually no completely 'free' healthcare services any more because most countries have also allowed private services to take pressure off the perpetually overwhelmed 'free' services.  Canadians often have private insurance....so they can come to the U.S.!

 

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I am currently dealing with something related to this concerning my Grandchildren. Even in preschool my youngest two Grandchildren are being indoctrinated and assimilated into the Socialist agenda. Even though I would hate to see more laws passed It should be a crime to do this.

"Jack of all Trades...Master of None" But forever learning more!

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Get your grandkids OUT of the public school and into a private Christian School.

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ATruepatriot's picture
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Unfortunately there are none where we are. The whole Tribe would have to pack up and move to a larger City and this we are not going to do. In the big Cities what they do "after School" would become a much larger extreme future concern.

"Jack of all Trades...Master of None" But forever learning more!

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How could this not be better than public or private school?

http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/

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Public school = child abuse!

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At least they are using the word "socialist" now. They used to put lipstick on that pig by usurping the word "liberal" to push their nihilistic and statist ideas.